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By Veronica Rocha, Veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 28, 2011
GLENDALE — With its proximity to a propane company and trains traveling at high speeds, the Doran Street railroad crossing carries the most potential risk for disaster, officials said Thursday. It was because of that distinction that Metrolink officials brought "Operation Lifesaver" to Glendale to educate motorists on railroad safety, said Fred Jackson, the agency's safety and training manager. During the operation, Glendale police and railroad authorities cited 28 motorists for stopping on a railroad crossing and two pedestrians on suspicion of trespassing because they were walking on rail property, police said.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
Metrolink on Monday previewed a pioneering, $200-million crash prevention project for a top federal safety official, who expressed concern about railroad industry efforts to postpone deadlines for installing the sophisticated train safety system in other parts of the country. Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board , viewed a locomotive and a rail car equipped with positive train control technology and testing gear at a downtown Metrolink rail yard.
THE818NOW
January 26, 2012
Metrolink, the commuter railroad that serves Southern California, has overhauled the look and content of its website to make it easier for the public to get information about routes, schedules and tickets. The new features allow commuters to plan trips, find stations, learn about service changes and create personalized accounts, called “My Metrolink.” General news about the railroad also is available as well as a calculator for ticket prices. “The vision was to improve the website's user experience to make riding the train more accessible to everyone in Metrolink's six¿county service area,” said Deborah Golian Castro, the chief executive officer of Creative Productions in Long Beach, which developed the site.
NEWS
February 13, 2012
More than three years after the deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, the commuter railroad is forging ahead with the most sophisticated collision avoidance system in the country despite efforts in Congress to relax requirements to install the safety improvement nationwide. Metrolink already has made substantial progress developing its $201-million positive train control system, which uses an array of electronic gear to monitor and, if necessary, take control of trains to prevent collisions and derailments.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian is considering putting a motion before the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in hopes that seven of his colleagues will vote to overturn a decision to replace him on a rail oversight board. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, the incoming chairman of the MTA board of directors, is moving to replace Najarian as a Metrolink director with county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose district comes nowhere close to having the rail infrastructure of the Burbank/Glendale corridor.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | October 8, 2008
LOS ANGELES — A civil court judge Tuesday heard arguments from defense attorneys about liability and costs in a class-action lawsuit regarding the 2005 Metrolink train derailment in Glendale that killed 11 people. Attorney Brian Hershman, who represents Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, complained to Judge Emilie Elias during a hearing at the Central Civil West Courthouse that the Sheriff’s Department is being held just as liable as Metrolink in the lawsuit.
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | January 16, 2009
GLENDALE — A Glendale Public Works employee was one of several plaintiffs Tuesday who joined in the growing front of legal action against Metrolink for the September commuter train crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 and injured 135 others. Public Works Administrator Mike Wiederkehr joined at least five other passengers injured in the Sept. 12 crash in filing a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday against the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, which operates Metrolink, and two subcontractors, seeking punitive damages and compensation for medical expenses.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Metrolink officials are warning of possible systemwide delays after a complication with a water main near Union Station. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said that the agency was notified of a problem with a water main near the area where Riverside Drive crosses the Los Angeles River about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday and that Twitter messages were sent out as a preemptive strategy to warn passengers of the issue. One of the Twitter messages encourages passengers "to take an earlier train in order to reach their final destination on time.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES — A class-action lawsuit against Metrolink over the 2005 derailment that killed 11 passengers continued to move ahead Monday after a Superior Court judge dismissed a defense motion that argued the trial would set a dangerous precedent. Attorney James Wakefield, who is representing Metrolink in the civil proceedings, told Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias that the crossing near the scene of the crash was similar to other right-of-way situations throughout the nation, and so allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed would be the equivalent of calling hundreds of railroad crossings overtly dangerous.
NEWS
May 1, 2010
Metrolink commuters in Burbank who use the Ventura County lines won a bit of a reprieve this week when the transit agency tentatively agreed to cut fewer trains from the schedule. Metrolink had planned on cutting 12 trains, but after Los Angeles County officials agreed to chip in about $318,000, the planned reduction was whittled down to four. While it may be good news for those commuters who faithfully use the rail transit system, the cutback is indicative of the struggles both sides are experiencing as they try to “find each other.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 22, 2014
Funding has been secured for a $15-million pedestrian bridge that will cross over Empire Avenue and end inside a new transportation center, making access to Bob Hope Airport easier from a Metrolink station south of the airfield. It's separate from a $112-million project at the airport that includes the new transportation center , which is expected to be completed in June or July, a new parking structure, which was recently completed, as well as an elevated walkway from the transportation center to the terminal.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | October 7, 2013
More than 200 people gathered Thursday night at the Glendale Metrolink Station for a food-truck party and film screening that doubled as the launch of a city planning effort to improve transportation in south Glendale. As part of the event, city workers hosted a walking tour and photo scavenger hunt asking participants to identify strengths and weaknesses of south Glendale and its various transit options. Results captured on disposable cameras and more than 100 pencil-and-paper surveys will help officials shape the upcoming South Glendale Community Plan, said Michael Nilsson, the city's mobility planner.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 11, 2013
A railroad crossing at the border between Glendale and Los Angeles could remain closed for nearly another year after Glendale, Los Angeles and Metrolink officials ditched plans to reopen the crossing during construction lulls. While Glendale and Metrolink completed work months ago on the Jewel City's side of the Broadway/Brazil Street crossing, Los Angeles officials said that city's work on its own side of the crossing may not be done until next summer due to funding snags, according to a Sept.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
In a drive to combat pedestrian fatalities, Los Angeles County transit officials unveiled a video Tuesday showing dozens of people walking, running, bicycling -- and in one case, rolling in a wheelchair -- across dangerous railroad tracks despite flashing red lights and clanging bells that warned of oncoming trains. The candid video  was shot at the Burbank Station of  Metrolink  -- the six-county commuter service -- and the Willowbrook stop for the Blue Line, the  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 's busy light rail between Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Los Angeles Times reported . VIDEO: Metrolink releases footage of people trying to beat the train Though the videoed pedestrians look for trains before crossing and no one appeared to come close to being hit, transit officials said at a press conference Tuesday that the public should wait for trains to pass or stop if warning lights are activated.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
Spurred by two deadly crashes since 2005, Metrolink has now replaced almost all its fleet of aging rail cars with a state-of-the-art model designed to better protect passengers and crews. Officials for the commuter railroad announced Tuesday that they have received the last batch of 137 passenger cars purchased for $263.3 million from Hyundai Rotem Inc. in South Korea. Dubbed the "Guardian Fleet" by Metrolink, the Rotem cars have energy-absorbing crumple zones and other safety measures now required by the federal government - improvements that the railroad pushed hard to make after a deadly Glendale crash that killed 11 people in 2005.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Thursday called on Metrolink to assess the health risks of air pollution on neighborhoods surrounding the commuter railroad's central maintenance yard north of downtown Los Angeles. At a news conference, Schiff made the request on behalf of residents and community groups that have long been concerned about diesel exhaust coming from the commuter system's locomotives when they are serviced. Diesel emissions have been linked to cancer, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, especially in neighborhoods near major transportation corridors that are heavily traveled by trains and trucks.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Metrolink officials are warning of possible systemwide delays after a complication with a water main near Union Station. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said that the agency was notified of a problem with a water main near the area where Riverside Drive crosses the Los Angeles River about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday and that Twitter messages were sent out as a preemptive strategy to warn passengers of the issue. One of the Twitter messages encourages passengers "to take an earlier train in order to reach their final destination on time.
NEWS
October 24, 2012
After hearing from victims of the deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles City Council vowed Wednesday to look into a $160-million city contract awarded to a transportation company linked to the rail disaster. The crash killed 25 people, including commuters from Burbank and Glendale. Council members said they would direct the city's Department of Transportation to review the contract given earlier this month to Veolia Transportation Inc. to operate part of the city's popular DASH shuttle bus system.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
Metrolink on Monday previewed a pioneering, $200-million crash prevention project for a top federal safety official, who expressed concern about railroad industry efforts to postpone deadlines for installing the sophisticated train safety system in other parts of the country. Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board , viewed a locomotive and a rail car equipped with positive train control technology and testing gear at a downtown Metrolink rail yard.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 6, 2012
Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian on Monday decided to take a “wait-and-see” approach in his efforts to overturn a decision to replace him on a rail oversight board. At the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting on Monday, Najarian held off on floating a motion to keep him on the Metrolink board until more of his supporters can be in attendance, he said. Those supporters - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and real estate broker Mel Wilson, whose firm serves the San Fernando Valley - had given prior notice that they would not be at the meeting, so Najarian decided to hold off on a motion to overturn a decision by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, the incoming chairman of the MTA board of directors, to replace him on the Metrolink board with county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
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